Current LLL-smtx Courses

For future offerings, if you have a topic you would like to see explored or have a topic you would like to present, please contact Marianne at 512-216-6427 or at

The fees we set provide honoraria for our presenters or for the  support of the non-profits to which they belong.

                                                            Course Delivery on Zoom

Our classes are now being delivered via the platform “ZOOM," a safe, online, real-time video communications platform that will allow our presenters and participants to see, hear, and interact.

To participate, all you need is:
       (1) An Apple, Windows, or Android internet device with a built-in or
            attached camera and mic. The device can be:
 (A)  A desktop or laptop
           computer with at least MacOS 10.7 or Windows 10 operating systems
           (best); (B) A tablet with iOS 7.0 operating system or later (acceptable)
           and (C) A smartphone (marginal) with at least iOS 7.0 or Android 4.0x
           operating systems.

       (2) Download the free “Zoom Client for Meetings” application:
           Click this link - - client_4meeting
 or paste
           it into you web browser for download.

       (3) You will receive an email to join your session by the presenter of your
           class.  When you receive the email, open it and click on the link.  Wait
           to be allowed to join in by the presenter (this is termed “the waiting
           room” which is a security measure so only class members can join).
NOTE:  We are also offering individual assistance. Date(s) and times will be provided to you when you
              CONTACT Marianne Reese of your interest to take a course(s).

EMAIL MARIANNE at or call her @ 512.216.6427





                                                        Courses for May-July 2021


You are welcome to join the “CLUB” at any time.  Just contact Marianne for an ‘invite’ to join the Zoom session you want to join.

When:    Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm  
Where:  ZOOM @ Home

Course Description

We will read old, new, fiction and non-fiction works by Texas authors.  Jo Snider will share background information on each of the authors as well as weave in “historical tidbits” as we discuss the various books read. 


       May            11 OR 12             Claiming Sunday: The Story of a Texas Slave Community by Joleene M. Snider 

       May            25 OR 26              Finish Claiming Sunday
The Devereux Slave Community was brought to Texas from Alabama in 1841 by their owners John and Julien Devereux. This is their story. Family connections, daily routines, food, clothing and medical care are all covered in detail. Ways in which slaves contributed to the market economy as both consumers and supplies was discussed. Also, of interest were the many ways in which the enslaved managed to maintain some limited control over their lives and cope with the inhumane system of slavery.
It is available on Amazon but you can also just run by my house and pick one up for $15.  
June 16th–6:30 to 8:00              J. Frank Dobie, Coronado’s Children 
Written in 1930 this book was actually Dobie’s second book and the one that gave him a reputation and set him on a long and prosperous career. Dobie dominated Texas literature during the middle part of the 20th century. Coronado’s Children deals with treasure hunting for gold in the Southwest, especially Texas. Coronado (if you can recall your middle school Texas History class ) was the Spanish explorer that hunted in vain for the Seven Cities of Gold.
July 14th–6:30 to 8:00               James L. Haley, Sam Houston
I blundered across this the other night and decided it is a must read. It is so readable I don’t want to do anything else and brings up facts about Houston I never knew. Haley has written both fiction and non-fiction but this 15 year project in historical biography has to be his best. I had never heard of him to my regret. He was born in Oklahoma and OK Press published this book, much to my chagrin. But he grew up in Ft. Wt., UT Arlington and UT Law School. He writes narrative history like it ought to be written. This is long but you will not care.
August 11th–6:30-8:00                   Gary Cartwright, Blood Will Tell
The lurid story of murder among the Texas big rich. The story of Cullen Davis for the shooting of Priscilla Davis and murder of her lover and daughter in Fort Worth in the 1970s. This focuses on the trial, the lawyers and Amarillo where the trial occurred. I’m not entirely sure of the math here, but there has to be some equation of how much money you have to have to get away with one murder, two murders, three murders and so on. Davis got away with two so that puts him in the higher wealth bracket for sure. 

About the Presenter:  Jo SniderJo is a retired faculty member from the Department of History. She specialized in teaching the introductory courses in the theater setting. Which basically means she knows a lot about a lot of things. For her BA Jo had a double major in History and English and an English minor on the MA level. Since her focus has been Texas and the Old South a book club on Texas authors seemed a natural. Hope you will join us for some fun, entertainment and enlightenment from the Texas literati.


COURSE 2.  Texas Artists and Their Art   

When:          Wednesdays (6):  April 21 & 28 and May 5, 12, 19 & 26

Where:         Comfort of your home

Time:            10:30 to 11:30 AM

Fee:              $20.00


Course Description

Join in this Spring with a Zoom 6-week course dealing with the art of Texas.  Becky Duval Reese will present two slide lectures on the range and diversity of styles in 19th-21st century art created by Texas-based artists.  Interspersed will be presentations by artists currently working in the State along with tours of arts spaces. 


About the Presenter:     Becky Duval Reese

Becky is the former director of UT Austin’s Huntington Art Gallery (now the Blanton Museum) and the El Paso Museum of Art.  She holds a MA in Art History with a focus on Texas artists.  She has presented with LLL since our inception 7 years ago sharing her love of art, amazing knowledge, and welcoming style.



COURSE 3.  Understanding ‘The Invisible Population’ of Texas

When:          Fridays (5):  April 23 & 30 and May 6, 13 & 20

Where:         Comfort of your home

Time:            1:30 to 2:45 PM

Fee:              $20.00


Course Description

This course will bring to light the ‘invisible population’ by distinguishing the Hispanic, the Latino and the Indigenous populations; examining the Hispanic and Latino population shift; and considering the Hispanic and Latino Political Spectrums.  Additionally, Hispanic and Latino engagement/outreach initiatives, the top issues, problems and concerns for Hispanics and the Latino Population will be discussed.


About the Presenter:    Philip Ruiz                                                                                                                          

Philip Ruiz works with individuals and organizations to amplify their understanding of Hispanic and Latino population trends, cultural differences, and Texas state-wide demographics to foster communication, connection and confidence so they can make an influential impact on the world. He mentors with passion, guiding his audience to effectively strengthen and elevate their understanding of “The Invisible Population” of Texas. 

Philip’s honors include being recognized as a Special Advisor to the Texas League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) organization, Past Board Chairman of the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project, Past Advisor and Lecturer to the Texas Leadership Institute, Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), Texas A&M Extension Service, and he served as Vice-Chairman of the Texas State University at San Marcos – Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program Advisory Council.  


Course 4:          Discovering 20th Century Records by Using
                           Historical Timelines as a Guide

When:                 Thursdays (3):     May 20, 27 & June 3
Where:                Comfort of your home
Time:                  10:00 to 11:30 AM
Cost:                   $20.00
Course Description
Each decade starts by having a new census to review but there are so many other records to unearth. These three classes will cover events and unique records produced during 1910, 1920 and 1930. The economic, social, political changes as well as the disasters affected our ancestors’ lives and created records you may have not encountered. Ninety plus years have passed and our great grandparents or grandparents lived during these decades. You may uncover a record tied to an event that provides greater insight into a family story, a family artifact(s) or why they changed
occupations or relocated.
About Your Presenter:   Cindy Foreman
Cindy Foreman was born in Michigan but moved to Minnesota in 1974 where she attained her B.S. degree in History Education.  She moved to Texas in 1982 and was approved to be a D.A.R. member in 2003. She has been past President of the Austin Genealogy Society and VP of the Wimberley Valley GS. In 2014 she was one of a number of speakers at the FGS Conference in San Antonio. Currently she is involved with the IGG group (Interactive Genealogy Group) which is a special interest group on genealogy meeting in the central Texas area and continues her own family research.



Course 5: Talking Happiness

When:       Tuesdays (4):  May 18th & 25th and June 1st and 8th
Where:      Comfort of your home
Time:         10:00 to 11:00 AM
Fee:           $20.00
Course Description
As a general rule… are you happy?
                          … how do you know?
                          … what can you do to be and stay happy?
The past year of sickness, death, social distance, staying home, Zoom, politics, and reckoning with our racist past and present has challenged even the happiest among us.
But what exactly is happiness? How does it “work”? Can we control our own happiness?
This four-week course will use selected videos and readings to explore various aspects of happiness, including how happiness “works” in our brains, the types and components of happiness, and how we can take ownership of our happiness.
Prior to each week’s session, you will receive links to videos and readings to review prior to class… plan to spend about 1 hour with the materials. As you watch and read, make notes of questions, observations, “aha moments,” and whatever else strikes you. During our one-hour sessions, we will have open, safe, and non-judgmental conversations to hear different insights and points of view, and learn from each other.


About Your Presenter:   Stephanie. A. Korcheck

With over 30 years of experience in education-related organizations, Stephanie has expertise in education policy and law, advocacy, and strategic communications. She has an abundance of blessings in her life and, like most of us, has struggled at times to find her happiness. Stephanie is most happy when she is with family and friends, playing with her dog Emmett, cheering for the Fighting Irish and Longhorns, cooking/grilling, reading a good book, watching a good movie, and learning stuff.


COURSE 6:  Help Us Develop a Course Based on your Questions about Natural Science

A recent study by Craig A. Talmage and Richard C. Knopf reveals that most research on older adults has often overlooked the role of curiosity in aging despite its connection to enhancements in memory, health, well-being, and longevity ("Wisdom and Curiosity Among Older Learners: Elucidating Themes of Well-Being from Beautiful Questions in Older Adulthood." OBM Geriatrics, 2018).

Curiosity is also known to decline as individuals get older, and many adults cease to ask questions as they age. So LifeLong Learning is interested in developing a unique science-based course informed by your curiosity.   Please  help us develop this course by sharing your questions with us.

Questions might be like the following:

  • Why does the sky appear red at sunrise and sunset?

  • How can the galaxy not hurl off into universal space and how can there be no end to the universe?

  • What should I know about my gut microbiome?

  • How does our communications stuff work? Mobile phone and text service, internet, modems, routers, wifi, bluetooth... what's the magic?

  • Is there a relationship between precipitation water vapor, humidity and dewpoint?


Those who submit questions will NOT be identified.  Please, send as many questions as you like related to the natural sciences . . . the study of the physical world to:


COMING in Summer:  Photography


About the Presenter:   Helen Boursier

Vocationally, Helen is an ordained Presbyterian minister who teaches theology and religious studies online at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She also does research and writing on immigration. Pre-seminary, she was a professional photographer and mixed media artist for 25 years on Cape Cod, MA. She and her husband now live in New Braunfels.



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